Saturday, July 14, 2012

Accepted Not As The Word of Men

"For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe."  1 Thessalonians 2:13

2:13 the word of God. Paul’s message from God is equated with the OT (Mark 7:13). It was the message taught by the apostles (Acts 4:31; 6:2). Peter preached it to the Gentiles (Acts 11:1). It was the word Paul preached on his first missionary journey (Acts 13:5,7,44,48,49), his second (Acts 16:32; 17:13; 18:11), and his third (Acts 19:10). Cf. Colossians 1:25. effectively works. The work of God’s Word includes: saving (Romans 10:17; 1 Pet. 1:23); teaching and training (2 Tim. 3:16,17); guiding (Psalm 119:105); counseling (Psalm 119:24); reviving (Psalm 119:154); restoring (Psalm 19:7); warning and rewarding (Psalm 19:11); nourishing (1 Peter 2:2); judging (Hebrews 4:12); sanctifying (John 17:17); freeing (John 8:31,32); enriching (Colossians 3:16); protecting (Psalm 119:11); strengthening (Psalm 119:28); making wise (Psalm 119:17–100); rejoicing the heart (Psalm 19:8); and prospering (Joshua 1:8,9). All this is summarized in Psalm 19:7–9 (see notes there).

The MacArthur Study Bible. 1997 (J. MacArthur, Jr., Ed.) (electronic ed.) (1 Thessalonians 2:13). Nashville, TN: Word Pub.